Teacher Spotlight – Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds – El mejor maestro, world traveler and local baker.

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  1. What do you do a BrHS? This is my fourth year teaching Spanish at Broomfield High; this year I’m teaching levels II & III.
  2. What is your favorite technology/app/extension? I always like to use technology to check-in on my students’ progress & understanding like Kahoot, Quizizz, and Quizlet Live.  With finals coming up, I have to say that I am a big fan of the ZipGrade app.  Nothing beats having an app on your phone that can grade your tests instantly! 
  3. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? The best place I’ve traveled to is Tanzania.  Since it’s a popular destination, I had the chance to meet people from all around the world.  Trekking through the distinct climate zones on Kilimanjaro made for a unique experience; starting in the rain forest and reaching the summit surrounded by glaciers was awesome.  I loved visiting the national parks and observing all of the wildlife there; it was a phenomenal trip!
  4. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?  The summer after I graduated high school, I was the night baker at a Safeway store in Boulder.  Working from midnight til 8:30, I fried the doughnuts, baked the bagels & pastries, and starting preparing the breads for the day.  It was weird going to work as all of my friends were going to bed! 
  5. What songs are on the soundtrack of your life?  John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” for my love of Colorado & the mountains, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” since it makes me think of Larry Walker & heading to Coors Field when I was a kid, and Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” one of my favorite songs by my favorite musician.
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GAFE Session: Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides – show your students’ creativity! By Kay Davidson

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Several weeks ago, some of our BrHS teachers went to GAFE – Google Apps For Education Summit.  There were so many great sessions, but the experience was comparable to drinking water from a fire hose!  It was my second year attending, but this year more people attended from BrHS and we were able to divide and conquer – GO Eagles!

One of the sessions was “Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides“.  It was amazing!!  The presenter, Sylvia Duckworth, shared so many ideas and templates to use.

We were given time to make our own Bitmoji:

We were also given links to Google Slide templates to make our own comic strip (which I thought was a great beginning of the year activity to get to know our kids):comickd.PNG

She also included other examples and template resources:

If you have the time, check our Sylvia’s link above.  It’s worth creating your own Bitmoji and “All About Me” for practice or as an example for your students.

Questions?  Contact Kay Davidson, Terry Oakley, Steve Kelly or Alex Kelly who attended this GAFE session.

Staff Spotlight – Jeff Bierlein

Jeff Bierlein – BrHS Tech Savior, Mountain Man and Rock Star!
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  1. What is your job at BrHS?  I.T. Field Support (aka Customer Service Technician)

  2. Favorite Technology/App?   Favorite technology = my drone! … Favorite apps (android) = Show Box + Raindar

  3. Where is your favorite place to be – besides Broomfield High School?  It’s a toss up between skiing at Copper Mountain and relaxing on Bowman’s Beach (Sanibel Island, FL)

  4. What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life?  Sun Is Shining (Bob Marley), Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)

  5. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  Rock star, of course!